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Creating Lnk ShortCut files the programmatic way

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/05/01

A while ago, I needed to automatically create a bunch of shortcuts all in the same directory, and all the batch files in a different directory.

There’s different kinds of doing this:

I needed a one-off, so I came up with some code like this.

    Call CreateLink("Huey.lnk", "Huey.bat", "Huey")
    Call CreateLink("Dewey.lnk", "Dewey.bat", "Dewey")
    Call CreateLink("Louie.lnk", "Louie.bat", "Louie")

'*****************************************************************************
'* Function CreateLink ( )
'*******************
'* Purpose     : Creates one Lnk ShortCut file
'* Parameters  : LinkFileName, BatchFileName, Description
'* Return code : none
'*****************************************************************************
Function CreateLink(ByVal LinkFileName, ByVal BatchFileName, ByVal Description)
    Dim WorkingDirectory : WorkingDirectory = "C:\Duck\"
    Dim IconLocation : IconLocation = WorkingDirectory & "Huey_Dewey_Louie.ico"
    Dim ShortcutDirectory : ShortcutDirectory = WorkingDirectory & "ShortCuts\"
    Dim LinkPath : LinkPath = ShortcutDirectory & LinkFileName
    Dim TargetPath : TargetPath = WorkingDirectory & BatchFileName

    Dim FileSystemObject : Set FileSystemObject = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    If FileSystemObject.FileExists(TargetPath) Then
        'make a shortcut
        Dim Shell : Set Shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

        Dim LnkShortCut : Set LnkShortCut = Shell.CreateShortcut(LinkPath)
        'LnkShortCut.HotKey = "CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E"
        LnkShortCut.WindowStyle = 1
        LnkShortCut.WorkingDirectory = WorkingDirectory
        LnkShortCut.IconLocation = IconLocation
        LnkShortCut.Description = Description
        LnkShortCut.TargetPath = TargetPath

        LnkShortCut.Save
    Else
        Dim StdOut : Set StdOut = WScript.StdOut
        StdOut.WriteLine "TargetPath does not exist: " & TargetPath
    End If
End Function

–jeroen

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